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Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Races Toward $20 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Races Toward $20 Million Opening
Fox’s launch of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is poised to end the three-week box office reign of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with about $20 million at about 3,800 North American locations.

The action thriller has already opened impressively in four markets overseas, starting with South Korea, Australia, and Taiwan taking in $15 million during its first weekend. The movie’s original release date was delayed for nearly a year in order to allow star Dylan O’Brien to recover from injuries sustained during shooting.

O’Brien stars in the dystopian trilogy as Thomas. The 2014 original opened with $32.5 million and grossed $102 million in U.S. receipts, and 2015 follow-up “The Scorch Trials” opened with $30 million and tallied $82 million in domestic box office. Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also star. Wes Ball directed all three films.

The finale sees a group of escapees attempting to break into the legendary Last City in order to save their friends. Most international
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Russia Bans Dark Comedy ‘The Death of Stalin’

Russia Bans Dark Comedy ‘The Death of Stalin’
Russia has banned “The Death of Stalin” from being shown in cinemas after officials claimed the dark comedy was offensive.

A Russian culture ministry spokeswoman said the film is being pulled for containing “information whose distribution is legally banned in Russia,” according to Agency France-Presse.

The political satire was previously set for a limited release in theaters.

“The Death of Stalin” depicts Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s final days and the chaos that ensues following his death. The recently released trailer features scenes with Nikita Khrushchev, played by Steve Buscemi, discussing funeral arrangements and Stalin’s committee figuring out how to run the country.

The film is directed and co-written by “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, who also wrote political sitcom “The Thick of It.” Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, and Jeffrey Tambor also star in “The Death of Stalin.”

Iannucci tweeted his optimism about the film’s potential for release despite the ban. “We still remain hopeful.
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Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Movie Moves to 2020

Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Movie Moves to 2020
Sony is moving the Anne Hathaway-starring, long-in-the-works Barbie project to 2020.

The fish-out-of-water tale, directed by Australian director Alethea Jones, will now premiere on May 8, 2020, kicking off the summer that year, after moving from the original launch date of Aug. 8, 2018, Sony announced Tuesday.

Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the project based on the classic Barbie mythology and putting a contemporary spin on the toy, with an emphasis on feminism and identity.

The script, now to receive more work, portrays a woman that slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit into...
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Brie Larson begins learning how to fly for Captain Marvel

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Brie Larson begins learning how to fly for Captain Marvel
There are some truly exciting Marvel movies on the horizon, one of which is Captain Marvel, which will finally bring Carol Dancers (Brie Larson), an Air Force pilot who was involved in an accident with an alien which imbued her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection, and flight, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Production on Captain Marvel will be getting underway soon,... Read More...
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Infinity War Directors Share Their Thoughts on The Black Widow Movie

Infinity War Directors Share Their Thoughts on The Black Widow Movie
Marvel Studio is in full on script development mode for Scarlett Johansson's long-awaited Black Widow movie! To catch up on all that news, click here. One thing is for sure, and that is that fans are excited about what is going to come of this. Now the directors of Avengers: Infinity War have commented on the news, and if you're curious about what they are thinking, Anthony Russo told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that it's "crazy exciting" and Joe Russo added:

"Yeah, we're very happy for that. I mean it's such a rich and interesting character. There's so much to explore with a character whose history was as a villain, and you know, Scarlett does such a good job of playing that character and people are so used to that character that you forget the character's history, and so there's a lot of compelling stories to tell about
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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations

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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations
The film academy’s best fit is “The Shape of Water.” Guillermo del Toro’s whimsical period romance about a custodial worker and fish-man hybrid who fall in love stacked 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, more than any other film this year. Those nods included Best Picture, Best Director for Del Toro, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, and Best Supporting actor and actress for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer, respectively. It also landed a healthy mix of below-the-line categories like Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Sound Mixing. Also Read: Oscars Nominate First Female Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison for 'Mudbound' Trailing behind was Christopher...
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Huge Deal! Neon Teams With Russo Bros-Led Agbo In $10M+ Deal For ‘Assassination Nation:’ Sundance

Huge Deal! Neon Teams With Russo Bros-Led Agbo In $10M+ Deal For ‘Assassination Nation:’ Sundance
Exclusive Update: Neon indeed landed Assassination Nation, but they have a partner in what is the first 8-figure deal of the Sundance Film Festival. Neon acquired the picture with Agbo for north of $10 million for worldwide rights, and a wide release commitment. Agbo is the new progressive production company launched by Joe and Anthony Russo. 30West arranged the deal on behalf of Neon and Agbo, and Endeavor repped the film in the deal. Will tell you more after the Oscar…
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Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs

Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs
While a number of Oscar hopefuls are cheering after their names were read during Tuesday morning's nominations announcement, other individuals and films considered to be contenders found themselves out in the cold.

Wonder Woman was completely shut out by the Academy, even in the technical categories, despite being one of the highest-grossing films of the year and receiving acclaim from a number of critics groups and awards organizations. Also shut out despite receiving early-season awards attention and Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice nominations was Battle of the Sexes, about the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and...
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Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director

Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director
Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Bird helmer was the only woman nominated in the otherwise all-male field made up of Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

Gerwig's nomination comes after she landed a Directors Guild nomination and a best director nomination from the Critics' Choice Awards for her feature directorial debut. The National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics also named her best director for her work on the film.

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Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)

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Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)
Lari White, the country singer whose hits included “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” died on Tuesday following a battle with cancer, Rolling Stone reports. She was 52.

In addition to her singing career, White was also an actress whose credits included the 2000 Tom Hanks film “Cast Away” and 2004’s “No Regrets.”

White told fans of her cancer battle in November, saying that she had been diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer.

“Since then a series of complications including pain management, pneumonia and a bowel obstruction requiring emergency surgery has kept me in...
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Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee

Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee
After 90 long years, another glass ceiling has finally been broken at the Motion Picture Academy.

“Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history Tuesday by becoming the first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination. The recognition comes on the heels of a similar milestone with the American Society of Cinematographers, which nominated Morrison’s “Mudbound” work earlier this month.

“I’m glad that people are recognizing the craft of it and not making decisions based on tokenism; Rachel’s work is on the screen,” “Mudbound” director Dee Rees said on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast. “Go to Sandi Sissel, go to Ellen Kuras, go to Rachel Morrison — women have been making interesting images for a long time.”

Morrison won the New York Film Critics Circle’s cinematography prize in December. She was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award along with recognition from the Chicago and North Carolina film critics organizations.

“Mudbound” was also
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Luc Besson's EuropaCorp issues statement on 'various market rumours'

Paris-based film production and distribution company is restructuring its business to rein in spiralling debts.

Source: EuropaCorp

‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’

Luc Besson’s Paris-based film production and distribution company EuropaCorp has responded to press and market rumours revolving around its future as it restructures its business to rein in spiralling debts.

In a statement, posted on the company website early evening Tuesday, the company said it was sticking to a strategy first announced last November of refocusing on its core business of production, distribution and international sales.

EuropaCorp said the plan remained to produce two to three English-language features a year, two French-language films and English-language TV series as well as continue its distribution and international sales activities.

The company added that in keeping with this plan the group had already announced the sale of certain non-strategic assets as well as a redundancy plan.

The company also responded to rumours that it was
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‘Padmaavat’ Stokes More Violence In India; Laura Linney To Make West End Debut – Global Briefs

Bollywood epic Padmavati, now titled Padmaavat, will see its worldwide release beginning tomorrow. The Deepika Padukone-starrer has throughout production and to today sparked a furor in India, inciting violence and death threats. It finally cleared censors last week after a December date was delayed amid escalating tensions. Those tensions have not abated. At least 16 people were reportedly arrested on Tuesday in Ahmedabad as they protested the release of Sanjay Leela…
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Matangi/Maya/Mia review – combative musician shows she is director of own life

Admiring profile of tough-minded rapper, who has taken up the cause of Tamil resistance in Sri Lanka and suffered a huge backlash as a result

Many years in the making, this definitive documentary on political musician Mia is credited to long-time friend Stephen Loveridge. Really it should at least be co-credited to Matangi/Maya Arulpragasam – for one thing, it’s her own footage of her early career and in Sri Lanka, where the film sources its greatest energy. More than that, she’s the controlling spirit of this enjoyable documentary: always the centre of attention, performing and setting the mood with absolute magnetism. It’s clear she’s the director of her own life and Loveridge just happens to occasionally be in the right place at the right time.

The structure of the film is mostly linear and traditional, following Mia from early days as the child of Sri Lankans
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'The Death Of Stalin' banned by Russian authorities

“We don’t have censorship.”

Source: eOne Films

‘The Death Of Stalin’

The Russian Ministry of Culture has withdrawn the exhibition license for Armando Iannucci’s historical satire The Death of Stalin.

According to a report in state-run Russian news agency Tass, the decision was made after a screening of the film on Monday (Jan 22) attended by industry figures, State Duma (lower house of parliament) MPs, Russian Historical Society representatives and members of the Culture Ministry’s Public Board.

The Board’s head Yuri Polyakov said the film should not be screened in Russia because it is a tool for “ideological struggle”, adding that, “nobody spoke out in favour of the film as a work of art.” The film was previously set for release in Russia on 25 January.

The news was confirmed to Screen by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

Commenting on the decision, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said in a statement on the ministry’s website:
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Berlin Film Market: Korea’s ‘Monstrum’ Picked up by Finecut

Big-budget Korean creature movie, Monstrum” will get its rights sales launch next month through agency Finecut. The company will screen promotional footage at its booth at Berlin’s European Film Market.

The period fantasy action film is produced on an $11 million budget by Taewon Entertainment, which previously delivered hits “Operation Chromite” with Liam Neeson, “71 Into the Fire,” and “Iris.” Production is by Taewon’s Chung Taewon.

The story follows an unusual group, which includes an exiled soldier, his curiously skilled daughter and a royal messenger, formed to defend against a man-eating creature which is ravaging the Chosun capital.

“Directed by Huh Jong-ho (“Countdown”,) the film has a cast which includes star Kim Myung-min (“A Day,” “Pandora”,) up-and-coming actor Choi Woo-shik (“Okja,” “Train to Busan”,) and Lee Hye-ri, a member of the K-pop group Girl’s Day, making her feature film debut.

Special effects are by Korean VFX firm Mofac. Completion will be later this year, ahead of a wide
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Rocket Science bolsters sales team with former Wide executive (exclusive)

Diane Ferrandez joins London-based outfit.

Source: Rocket Science

Diane Ferrandez

London-based international sales outfit Rocket Science has hired Wide Management head of sales Diane Ferrandez as it looks to expand operations.

Joining this month and based in London, Ferrandez takes on a senior sales role (the company largely eschews formal titles) and will work alongside Chiara Gelardin and Claire Taylor.

The announcement comes as Rocket Science makes its Sundance debut with Rose Byrne-Ethan Hawke feature Juliet, Naked (by Jesse Peretz), which screened in the Premieres strand.

Prior to joining Wide in 2016, Ferrandez had stints at Cohen Media, Cinetic Media and Snd. In 2017, she was selected as one of Screen’s Future Leaders in sales and acquisitions.

Thorsten Schumacher, CEO and founder of Rocket Science commented: “This appointment follows the planned expansion of Rocket Science as we work to ensure the business is set to grow during the diversifying international market. Diane brings fresh key
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Curzon plans expansion after 'fantastic' box office growth in 2017 (exclusive)

New cinemas and refurbs are planned in 2018 and 2019.

Source: Curzon

UK cinema chain Curzon is planning to build more venues and carry out refurbishments at key sites in the next two years after achieving box office growth of 15% across the circuit in 2017.

Independent stalwart Curzon mapped out the plans last night [Jan 23] to a select group of industry at the formal launch of new venue Curzon Oxford.

As part of the strategy, Curzon will press ahead with a significant refurbishment of flagship London venue Curzon Soho despite the threat of its potential closure due to Crossrail 2. Curzon told Screen that it is ”moving on with business as usual after not hearing from Tfl for many months”.

The Soho venue will get an upgrade to the ground floor cafe and new seats, carpets and paint work in the auditoria. There will also be refurbs at Mayfair and south of Manchester venue Knutsford while the latter will also get two more
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Animation So White: 11 Times TV Characters of Color Were Voiced by White Actors

Animation So White: 11 Times TV Characters of Color Were Voiced by White Actors
While white actors playing characters of color is still a problem in live action, it’s even more common in animation.

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New Jedi mind tricks: is Star Wars morphing into 'Harry Potter in space'?

Get ready for a load of new Jedi skills as the space saga expands its universe into a galaxy far, far away from the one created by George Lucas

If you, like me (and apparently Kylo Ren), were a little flabbergasted when Luke Skywalker pulled off his big moment at the close of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson has set the record straight. Johnson did not just pluck a new Force power from his box of Jedi mind tricks. As the Looper film-maker revealed on Twitter, he borrowed the new skill from a somewhat obscure 2010 tome titled The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, and specifically the chapter on advanced Force techniques.

The book reveals that a technique known as “doppelgänger” allows its user to “create a short-lived duplicate of himself or herself or an external object that is visually indistinguishable from the real
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